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I use an Ubuntu laptop and have done for about three years, but I am not particularly techie. I'd like to put together a machine which basically works as a ...
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- 05-23-2010 #1
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- May 2010
Dedicated machine for writer
I use an Ubuntu laptop and have done for about three years, but I am not particularly techie. I'd like to put together a machine which basically works as a word processor with a music player and can support usb so I can get my work off it and on it, run a printer and support sound output to an amplifier.
I was thinking of Abiword for the wp but that's GTK, and, if I have understood it correctly, that requires a huge bundle of backend distracting palava that I enjoy on my main computer but don't want on my 'distraction-free' machine. I also thought audacity for the music player. I like to keep my music in ogg-vorbis format.
I thought it should be possible with Ubuntu, but I'm getting less sure; removing anything central to the distro seems to be discouraged (it doesn't even like me trying to remove games) and I do not have a clue where to start. Could anyone suggest a basic o/s setup? I already have a monitor I'd like to use and would like to include a good microsoft keyboard that I have tried, with a curved layout. Other than the keyboard, mouse, printer (still to buy so easiest to install), monitor, usb port and audio out, I shan't be adding any more hardware.
I'm happy for it to not have a gui desktop, so long as someone can point in the direction of a reasonably accessible guide to running and compiling a basic linux machine.
Sorry to ramble. This is probably a really stupid post, but I can't even work out what to google.
- 05-23-2010 #2
gtk-based apps can be quite nifty. It's Gnome that's big; you want to avoid Gnome on your customised machine. Use a desktop based on a window manager like fluxbox or enlightenment.
I would recommend Debian net install. This installs a basic system and then you add what you want from the Internet. It's much better to build up from a base than to try to cut down an existing system. And Debian has huge repositories and uses the apt-get/synaptic package manager that you are already familiar with.
btw, are you aware that abiword doesn't do curly quotes? That's why I don't use it any more."I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
- 05-23-2010 #3
- Join Date
- May 2010
Fantastic! Thanks. You've given me exactly what I wanted; a framework for research.
It's to Maplins for me, next weekend!
What word processor do you use?
- 05-24-2010 #4"I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"